Ipswich Witches promoter insists Craig Cook can have no complaints after exclusion

Ipswich V Edinburgh League Cup Semi 25th July 2013
Edinburgh team manager John Campbell (partly hidd

Ipswich V Edinburgh League Cup Semi 25th July 2013 Edinburgh team manager John Campbell (partly hidden) tries to calm down Craig Cook (far left) before they head ito the changing rooms for a meeting with the referee. Ben Barker (right) talks with Clerk of the course (Keith Barton) Picture: StephenWaller.com - Credit: Archant

Promoter Chris Louis insisted Edinburgh’s Craig Cook could have no complaints after the Monarchs’ rider’s violent actions helped Ipswich Witches into the League Cup final.

Ipswich V Edinburgh League Cup Semi 25th July 2013 Craig Cook has words with his team manager John C

Ipswich V Edinburgh League Cup Semi 25th July 2013 Craig Cook has words with his team manager John Campbell after getting excluded from the meeting. Picture: StephenWaller.com - Credit: Archant

Ipswich trailed by six points after the first leg, going into last night’s clash, but victory was always on the cards once Cook threw a punch at Ben Barker and was excluded from the meeting by referee Dan Holt.

Ipswich V Edinburgh League Cup Semi 25th July 2013 Chris Louis (left), Pete Simmons (centre) & Ben B

Ipswich V Edinburgh League Cup Semi 25th July 2013 Chris Louis (left), Pete Simmons (centre) & Ben Barker leave the changing rooms where a meeting with the referee and Craig Cook took place. Picture: StephenWaller.com - Credit: Archant

The Witches won 57-37 on the night and 99-85 on aggregate and will meet Newcastle in the final.

“Edinburgh have been trying to wind Ben (Barker) up for a few days and the referee saw Craig’s actions as a move too far,” said Witches’ Louis.

“I was a little disappointed in terms of people paying to watch riders like Ben and Craig, as they are great entertainment, but the ref makes his decision.


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“It was unnecessary from Craig and even if Ben did say something, that is part and parcel of sport. If he can’t handle that then he should not be doing it.

“Craig’s omission helped us immensely but if you look at the heats, I think we still win anyway.

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Rohan Tungate scored a 15-point maximum, while Leigh Lanham (10+2) was also prolific on the night.

“Rohan needed that following big knocks at Peterborough and Poole,” added Louis.

“Leigh has not had the easiest of seasons but I have a sneaky feeling that everything will come good for him when we need it to.”

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